Good Morning!! year when the Pioneer Hotel was starting her facelift, the steel workers that were workin became our regulars. This crew was from all over, coming here to work & making Lubbock a temporary home. One of the workers was not your typical steel worker. She stands maybe 5ft. tall and soaking wet a 100lbs, covered in tatoos and more personality than I have ever seen. We started small ...talk in the mornings and over time grew to a friendship. She began to open up about her past, and I began to love her more and more everyday. She came to hear me speak at my church (about the homeless) she did not know I fed the homeless, and I did not know at one time she was homeless. The moment she told was one of the most powerful moments in my life. In December, their work was done and it was time for them to move on. Many tears, hugs, phone numbers and pictures were shared. Her picture hangs on the wall going into my kitchen. Yesterday morning at 6:30 my precious friend walked in the door, I squealed like it was christmas, "Passing through, and I wanted to see you"... those were her words.. with tears in her eyes, she said for some reason you have made a lasting impression on my life. Her life spent in prison for 20 plus years and people looking down on her. My words... you have left a footprint on my heart, that will never be erased. As I sit this morning and think of my sweet friend... she is someone I would never have taken the time to know, but the Lord had a different idea. She has changed me, and in doing that my Lords love had a lasting effect. Happy Wednesday yall, you never know whos life you can touch, open your hearts and eyes to those around you:)
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I opened the Cast Iron Grill in October 2007. Lots of changes have happened in the last 5 1/2 years. The CIG started with 55 seats in an office building located at 18th and K. After five years, we were bursting at the seams with now 167 seats, and 24 wonderful co-workers working on top of eachother to make it happen. 2012 the Lord chose a different journey for the CIG. We relocated the CIG and opened our doors on January 2nd, 2013, just four blocks away from the old location! It has changed my world completely! All of these stories are the happenings of the people and the joy and celebration that make the CIG what it is.